2 rushed to hospital after Equity Bank fire scare.


Two people have been rushed to the hospital following a fire outbreak at Equity Plaza along Commercial Street Thika.

The fire whose cause still remains unknown was contained by a Thika Fire response team which rushed to the scene after the inferno was reported on Wednesday afternoon.

Scores who included employees and clients Equity Bank as well traders who have rented the 5-storey building had to be evacuated by Thika Red Cross crew and fire fighters from Kiambu County Government following the fire that is suspected to have been caused by an electric fault on the only exit point on the ground floor the building.

It is believed that the main metre board burst into flames some minutes to 4pm sending in a very thick smoke towards the upper floors.

Two women who had inhaled too much smoke were rushed to Thika Level 5 Hospital using a G4S van as a precaution measure.

According to the tenants caught in the fire, quick response by the Fire fighters quashed a possible disaster as the fire had broken along the only exit in the building.

“I was in the office working when fire broke out. It was a very tricky affair as we have only one exit and that is where the fire was. However we are happy with the response of the fire fighters,” said one of the traders.

He suggested that the landlord makes provisions for optional fire exits saying that had this case been worse, none of the people upstairs would have managed to escape.

The incident prompted Kenya Power to put off electricity within the CDB to prevent fire from spreading both within the building and in the adjacent buildings.

Business was put to a halt as people ran for safety with curious onlookers jamming the area to get a glimpse of what was happening.


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